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I know it’s been a minute since I’ve updated you on my skincare routine.

A couple weeks ago, I signed on to be an ambassador for Skincando, a luxury organic skincare brand. I’ve known Sara Damelio, an aesthetician and founder of Skincando, for several years now because she’s based in DC. I met her back during my days working for Capitol File Magazine.

This partnership was a no brainer for me because I love supporting a local beauty business and as you all know, I’ve been interested in making the switch to a clean skincare routine.

A little over a week ago, I scheduled an organic deep cleansing facial with Sara at her ‘speakeasy’ garden spa. I’ve been desperate to get a facial (my first one of 2019) so it was exactly what I needed. Getting an organic facial was like hitting the ‘reset’ button my skin. Sara recommended I do a ‘skin detox’ for 30 days. I’m only using two products morning and night: Skincando’s Wild Honey Cleanser and Sage + Gold Toner. Both products help treat my relatively dry skin type and I love that the Wild Honey Cleanser also doubles as a mask. My organic skincare routine is so simple and easy to do and it’s exactly what the aesthetician ordered.

After being on the skincare “hamster wheel” for several months (trying new products left and right), this organic skincare routine has left me feeling a little out of my element. To not put on moisturizer at night or during the day feels strange, but you know what? I LOVE IT.

It’s only been 10 days and I’m noticing a huge difference in my complexion. My skin feels soft and hydrated and more importantly, it looks healthy. Prior to this facial and skin detox, I was dealing with random breakouts, pesky little pimples and lots of redness. I thought I was incorporating more “green” beauty products into my routine but Sara explained to me the concept of “greenwashing,” and that made me realize I was not actually investing in organic skincare products (more on that in a future blog post).

This partnership has also made me re-evaluate my current makeup routine. Most of the makeup I use is not clean and I’m hoping to change that as well.  Which brings me to my next topic: the Skincando green beauty crawl.

As part of the partnership, all the Skincando ambassadors gathered downtown for the ultimate Self Care Sunday. We went on a mini excursion around the city for a “green beauty tour” and to see where Skincando is sold in the city. We started at the Skincando ‘speakeasy’ garden spa for a photoshoot and mimosas, plus a little quality time with Elmer the Skincando bunny.

Then we hopped in a Reston Limousine shuttle and made our way to Georgetown to visit Take Care Shop DC. This was my first time at the shop and let me just say, the space is GORGEOUS. Millennial pink walls, simple shelves to house all non-toxic clean skincare and makeup. We sampled local herbal tea while perusing the store and seeing everything this little organic shop has to offer, including plenty of Skincando products like my favorite cleanser and toner.

From there, we hopped over to Union Market to visit Veer & Wander, a non-toxic beauty apothecary. This space definitely has an edgy aesthetic and I loved that they carried a bunch of CBD infused products (including Skincando’s Hempsure Muscle + Joint Balm). At this stop I picked up the Kosas Tinted Face Oil (which I use and love, but had a shade that was too dark for me so this time I was properly matched) and a CBD infused lip gloss by a brand called Saint Jane.

This trip left me feeling super inspired to continue with my organic skincare routine and also has me interested in exploring more non-toxic beauty products, specifically makeup!

I’ll definitely be featuring Sara and other organic beauty experts in future blog posts so that I can share that knowledge with you and hopefully give you the information to help you make a more informed decision when it comes to shopping for personal care products. Feel free to leave me a comment with any questions you have or shoot me an email!

Disclosure: My partnership with Skincando is not paid. In exchange for some Instagram posts and IG stories, I receive complimentary Skincando products and spa treatments. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Photo credit: Top two photos taken by Mark

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Supergoop Sunscreen Mini Haul

I know I’m influenced to purchase products based on a ton of good reviews; however, usually it only takes one bad (thorough) review to make me doubt my next purchase.

That’s kind of how I feel about Supergoop products. I want to stock up on sunscreen for the summer and I’ve been eyeing a few different products but I was a little hesitant because of few bad reviews I read on Sephora.

Over the weekend I popped in to Sephora and finally bit the bullet. I scooped up the Supergoop x Rebecca Taylor SPF in Bloom Kit ($25), which includes the following products:
Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 (.5 oz )
Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 (.34 oz)
Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 (1 oz)

First, it was the packaging that caught my eye. Rebecca Taylor is one of my favorite fashion designers and I like that it came in a resealable pouch. Also, I’m really into my mini skincare collection right now. Nothing makes packing beauty products easier when you have a collection of mini skincare and makeup products. I’ve been curious about a few Supergoop products but I purchased this mini set on a whim.

I don’t necessarily have regrets from purchasing this set but when you look at the little amount of product I got for what I paid ($25 for less than 2 oz of product) it seems a little ridiculous, right?

The daily moisturizer reminds me of the Kiehl’s face cream, except not as thick. It feels very lightweight, which is nice, but it does feel like it would clog my pores and it has a sticky texture so I don’t know if this is something I would buy the full-size version of. I don’t have acne-prone skin either, so if you have oily skin I would avoid this.

I was pleasantly surprised with the setting mist because the reviews online say otherwise. The mist is super fine and sprays evenly, so I didn’t deal with any awkward squirts or white residue. I never reapply sunscreen if I’m wearing makeup so to find something that I can reapply that won’t ruin my makeup is a win in my book. This will definitely be something I toss in my straw bag for touch-ups to protect my skin throughout the day at the beach.

Finally, the Unseen Sunscreen is the one of the Supergoop products I’ve been wanting to try for a while. This formula is supposed to be an invisible, weightless makeup-gripping, daily SPF to protect skin from the sun, fine lines/wrinkles and dryness. I’ve seen a ton of good reviews… but I’ve also seen some not so positive reviews. Currently, I’ve been relying on an old bottle of Glossier Invisible Shield (which I love) but I’m using it very sparingly because it’s currently sold out online.

So far, I’m really liking it. For one, it doesn’t make me look paler than I already am and it doesn’t feel greasy or sticky on my skin. There’s no white cast with this product and absorbs into skin quickly. It also layers really well under makeup. I liked it so much I scooped up the full-size version.

Do you have any favorite Supergoop sunscreen products or other SPF brands you love?

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It’s crazy to look back on old blog posts from years prior and see how much my beauty routine has evolved. My routine has changed so much thanks to investing more time and research into clean and non-toxic beauty.

I thought it would be helpful to share an update on my clean beauty collection and my current (primarily skincare) routine. My goal is to achieve an 80/20 clean beauty routine by the end of the year. I feel like that’s doable in the skincare/hair department but I’m struggling on the makeup side (more on that later).

As for skincare/body/hair, here’s an update on my collection and what I’ve been using:

Skincare

Tatcha Skincare: I understand why people love this line. I did a Tatcha haul during the Sephora sale and I’m obsessed with The Dewy Skin Cream. This cream will definitely come in handy during the colder months when I’m dealing with very dry skin. It also comes with a small spoon applicator (to prevent you from using dirty fingers in the jar) that is conveniently tucked away on top of the lid. I’m truly amazed at how luxurious clean beauty has become nowadays. I also purchased a set of skincare minis not long ago but I’m saving those for when I travel this summer.

Fleur & Bee Skincare: I did a recent review on this brand here, but I highly recommend this brand if you’d like to make the switch to using clean skincare but don’t want to break the bank. All of their products are perfectly priced under $35. The eye cream is my favorite.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: This is a hydrating serum made of pure, vegan hyaluronic acid. It costs under $7, which is a steal. The formula itself is OK, but the consistency of the formula feels sticky. The drop applicator isn’t very strong either, the product is constantly seeping out. There are other hydrating serums I prefer but this isn’t a bad one to fall back on.

Caudalie: I own quite a few Caudalie products. It’s one of my favorite skincare brands, but it is a little pricey. My favorites include the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (perfect for spring and summer weather), Overnight Recovery Oil (it’s like a hydrating overnight mask that works while you sleep), and the Gentle Buffing Cream (a physical exfoliator that sloughs away dead cells without irritating my skin).

Indie Lee Toner: My favorite hydrating toner and it works wonders on my skin. I use it in the morning and at night and after I work out. My skin feels so clean and refreshed after using. You can shop it here and get 15% off, thanks to Follain’s 3-day sale!

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist: I use this as a setting spray after I apply makeup and quick refresher throughout the day on the weekends. For some reason, if I apply it on my bare skin, my face turns red. I’m not sure what ingredient in the formula is bothering me but it’s only when I apply it on my bare skin so I just avoid doing that and I don’t have any issues. You can also get this 15% off during the Follain sitewide sale.

Drunk Elephant: This brand is so popular on social media that I wanted to try their clean skincare products for myself. I did splurge on their Sukari Babyfacial a year or so ago but it’s such a potent mask I don’t really use it very often. I own a few skincare minis and out of the bunch, I really like the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. The more I use it, the more I notice how much healthier my complexion looks and feels.

Hair & Body

Playa Every Day Shampoo: I’m very picky about my shampoos so I was fully prepared to not like this BUT THE SCENT. My only complaint is the packaging. There’s a teeny tiny hole for the product to be squeezed out of and because the shampoo formula is so thick, it just doesn’t work very well.  I also want to note, since I made the switch to clean shampoo, I feel like I have to use a clarifying shampoo and conditioner more often. Not necessarily a bad thing, just worth nothing.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant: I feel like I’ve talked about this on my blog numerous times but it’s really been a complete game changer. This was one of the first clean beauty products I ever started using. It took a few weeks for my armpits to adjust but it really does work. The Pure Vanilla scent is my favorite but right now I’m using the Vanilla Coconut one.

Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish: Not pictured in my shelfie but I’m nearing empty because it’s smells SO good and it’s super moisturizing on my skin. Also included in the Follain sale that you can shop here!

Ten Over Ten Rose Cuticle Oil (not pictured): Still the best nail treatment I’ve ever splurged on. This comes in handy during the winter months when I’m dealing with ultra dry cuticles and my nails look terrible.

As for clean makeup, I haven’t really explored many brands or products. I’ve tried RMS and ILIA makeup and that’s about it. Do you have any clean, non-toxic makeup products you like? Let me know in the comments!

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OK, am I the only one that goes a little spend crazy during the Sephora sale? Last year I scooped up a bunch of makeup and hair products. This year, it’s the complete opposite. I went on a major Sephora skincare haul (and a few makeup/hair products).

When I kicked off 2019, I completed a no spend challenge for the month of January (and then carried it into February) so I have spent very little money on beauty products up until this sale. I’m doing my best to not pay full-price on anything this year unless I absolutely have to. So with that, today’s post is a major Sephora skincare haul (and makeup and hair).

Skincare

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner: I tried a sample of this and fell in love with the formula. This is a hydrating toner that always makes my skin feel clean and refreshed after using. I knew I wanted the full-size version.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: I’ve been applying this before bed every night since I got this and I’ve already noticed a difference in how much softer my lips are.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: So I was addicted to Glossier Super Bounce and used up my last few drops. I waited and waited for a restock and finally gave up waiting and decided to try this $7 serum. I’ve been using it the last few days and my first impressions are that it’s sticky and a little runny.

Caudalie Overnight Recovery Oil: I absolutely love my Overnight Detox Oil so I thought I would give this a try. It’s supposed to help hydrate skin overnight.

Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Brightening Duo: The Sukari Babyfacial was the first DE product I ever purchased and to be honest, I don’t love it. I’ve always been curious about their other products so I figured now was my chance. I’ll keep you posted on my first impressions.

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream: Out of my huge Sephora skincare haul I was the most excited about this moisturizer. I usually like to patch test new skincare/brands I haven’t tried to prevent a disaster from happening on my face but I was too impatient for that. Haha. I LOVE how this cream smells and of course, I am blown away by how amazingly plump and moisturized my skin feels when using this.

Tatcha Bestsellers Set: A set of four Tatcha minis including a cleansing oil, dewy skin mist, moisturizer and exfoliating wash. I’m hoping this will come in handy when I travel but I haven’t had a chance to try any of these yet.

Bath & Body, etc.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant: A restock but in a different scent, coconut + vanilla. Love!

Jack Black Turbo Wash for Hair & Body: Restock for my husband. He loves using this as a body wash and I think it smells so good.

Cocofloss: Believe it or not, this was a recommendation from my dentist. It was $9, which is expensive, so we’ll see if it’s worth the splurge.

REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum: OK so this was on my wish list during the Sephora sale; however, it was sold out online before I had the chance to purchase. I got extremely lucky and a PR rep offered to send it my way to try. Look out for a separate blog post that reviews this product in-depth.

Makeup

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen is my go-to eye primer. It’s the only eye primer that covers up the discoloration on my lids and makes them look brighter.

Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer: I was obsessed with this a couple years back and wanted to scoop up a lightweight tinted moisturizer with SPF for summer.

Tarte Tartelette Tease Palette: A mini eyeshadow palette that I can take with me when I travel. I love the combination of matte and shimmer shades. I told myself no more eyeshadow palettes but I couldn’t help myself!

Fresh Sugar Dream Lip Treatment: Another restock. The first time I think I’ve ever reached the end of a lip tube. I like to layer a clear lip gloss on top and it’s the perfect every day pink lip.

Bareminerals Dew Mist Setting Spray Mini: I redeemed my points to try this setting spray. They had me at “dew,” however, the first time using it left me with residue on my forehead. Not sure I’ll be scooping up the full-size version anytime soon but willing to give it another try when I travel.

Hair

Playa Every Day Shampoo: I was running low on shampoo and instead of restocking I decided to try something new and in the clean beauty department. This shampoo smells like coconut so naturally, I’m addicted. I didn’t purchase the conditioner and now I wish I did.

Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3: I’ve seen so many rave reviews online and by other hair bloggers and decided to give it a try. I’ll keep you posted on the results.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo Mini: I used my rewards points for this little guy. Packing this in my summer travel bag!

Did you haul anything from the Sephora sale? Let me know in the comments!

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Another day, another Glossier product! Glossier recently launched Bubblewrap eye and lip cream, the newest addition to the skincare family. According to the brand, eye cream was the most requested product from Glossier. I was very eager to try this and share my thoughts with you all; I hauled this along with a couple makeup restocks.

Before I share my thoughts, here’s a quick breakdown of the formula behind this eye and lip cream.

Glossier made this a two-in-one product that delivers hydration to both eyes and lips. It contains nine active complexes, including:

  • A combo of two forms of Hyaluronic Acid to boost hydration and plump skin
  • Avocado Oil and Squalane to supply moisture
  • Peptide Complex to promote softness
  • Portulaca Pilosa Extract, which apparently works to increase skin’s ability to hold water
  • Blueberry Fruit Extract, rich in antioxidants
  • Swertia Chirata Extract, a medicinal herb to increase skin’s smoothness
  • Vegetable Protein, another skin smoother
First Impressions

This cream was a lot thicker than I was expecting, but I like it! Under my eyes it feels extremely hydrating. It has a smooth and silky texture and absorbs quickly. The most difficult part about testing eye creams is not knowing right away whether it’s working when it comes to keeping wrinkles/fine lines at bay but based on the ingredient list I have faith its effective.

On my lips, I instantly noticed a difference (absolutely no cracks or lines on my lips). Usually I apply Vaseline on my lips before bed but I’m going to swap out my usual for this cream to see how it fares over the next few days. In the morning, I’ve been applying this to my lips while I do my everyday makeup routine. By the time I’m ready to apply lipstick or gloss (right now I’m really loving Vinylic Lip in the shade Pony), my lips look ultra smooth and plump.

You can shop Bubblewrap and more Glossier products with me here.

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The Sephora Spring Bonus Event is happening now! Today’s post is featuring the best beauty products to splurge on during the Sephora sale. It has already started for Rouge Beauty Insiders who get first access with a 20% off discount off all purchases using code HEYROUGE. VIBs and BIs will have access starting May 2nd. You can start shopping now or start making a wish list!

I have a roundup of my best skincare, makeup, hair and other tools that are worth the splurge. Shopping during a big sale can be overwhelming and so I’ve only included my tried and true favorites. The event is a great excuse to restock on favorites or try something new.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the tiered discounts, dates and promo codes for the Sephora sale:

Rouge Members get 20% off, now through 5/6 with code HEYROUGE
VIB Members get 15% off, 5/2 through 5/6 with code HEYVIB
BI Members get 10% off, 5/2 through 5/6 with code HEYINSIDER

Skincare

I’ve been using a travel size version of the Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner and I’m obsessed. I’ve never used a toner like this that was so hydrating for my very dry skin.

I use this Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist daily as a makeup setting spray before I head out the door. It keeps my makeup looking fresh and dewy.

I’m halfway through this Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil and it truly works while I sleep. My skin is smooth and glowing when I wake up.

Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet is my go-to moisturizer for spring and summer. It’s very lightweight and it has the clean seal!

My skin always feels super smooth and hydrated after I use Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish. I usually skip lotion after I use this in the shower because that’s how good this formula is!

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Makeup

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream is the only CC cream on the market that actually works. I have a tube in all three finishes (natural, matte and illuminating/dewy). I wear Fair most of the year and sometimes Fair Light if I get any color in the summer.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer is one of the only bronzer that works well with my pale complexion. I use the Hoola Lite and they recently expanded their range. Not a big fan of the packaging but I love the formula.

I’ve splurged on two eyeshadow palettes this year so far and one is the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded and the other is Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk (currently sold out online). The UD palette is filled with a good mix of cool and warm shades and I like that they offer bigger pans for some of them.

Marc Jacobs Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Sugar Sugar is one of my favorite lippies. It’s hydrating and glossy but not sticky at all.

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Hair

OUAI Texturizing Hairspray smells amazing and I like to use it before curling my hair or as a dry shampoo.

OUAI Wave Spray is my go-to during the summer months. Compared to other wave sprays, this is the most hydrating.

I only wash my hair twice a week and it’s thanks to Living Proof Prime Style Extender, which helps extends the life of my blow-dry.

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Tools

BeautyBlender is my go-to sponge for blending foundation, concealer, cream blush, and highlighter. I usually scoop up a new sponge during the Sephora sales because I have to replace them every three months. I also have the liquid cleanser to keep them clean.

I don’t think I talk about my Drybar Shower Cap often enough. I don’t wash my hair every day but the terry cloth lining is perfect for protecting my hair from frizzing.

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I hope this guide is helpful for the Sephora Sale! Let me know what’s on your wish list in the comments!

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Hope you’re having a great week so far! Today’s post is an informative one as I’m sharing tips to spring clean your beauty bag. Just like you swap out your winter clothes for spring garments, you should do the same with your makeup and skincare routine.

Wash your brushes and sponges.

As we all know, makeup brushes and sponges are prime breeding grounds for bacteria. Ideally, you should wash your brushes at least once a week. I try to wash my BeautyBlender sponge every 3-4 days.

I recommend using a brush cleaning spray like this one or if you’re on a budget, you can mix Cetaphil cleanser in a small bowl of water. Rinse with water and then lay flat to dry.

Toss expired products.

I tend to hold on to makeup and skincare products way longer than I should and this step always falls to the wayside. But it’s time to face the facts: makeup comes with expiration dates for a reason. Otherwise you could risk breakouts and bacterial infections.

  • Mascara has the shortest shelf life; you should toss after three months.
  • Liquid eyeliner and concealer are typically good for six months
  • Lipstick, lip gloss and foundation are good for a year-ish.
  • Oh—and don’t forget about nail polish. Nail polish tends to go bad after one year (and you’ll notice because they will get thick/dry/sticky and color will start to separate).
Update your daily moisturizer.

Typically your winter moisturizer is much thicker and richer so during the warmer months you can swap it out for something lighter, like hyaluronic acid or water-based formulas.

Swap out your winter makeup for spring palettes.

This is my favorite step. When you don’t have your makeup out in plain sight, it’s easy to forget what you already have or may need. I like to stow away winter eyeshadow palettes, dark lipsticks and all things glitter so I have room to showcase my spring and summer makeup favorites (like this gorgeous new palette I picked up from Ulta).

Pull out your SPF.

Sunscreen has the shelf life of about two years, which is long compared to other products; however, if you leave your SPF out in the sun, then it can cause the active sunscreen ingredients to break down faster. So, if your SPF has a funky smell to it or it’s been in your house for more than two years it’s time to toss.

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Happy Monday! Today I am equal parts excited and nervous—I start a new job at a new company.

I’ve been enjoying old beauty products as well as testing and enjoying a few new favorites from Urban Decay and L’Oreal. I thought it would be helpful to post a beauty roundup of spring beauty favorites I’m loving right now.

1. Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Mist: I spray this on my face every single morning before I leave for work. It does a good job keeping my complexion looking hydrated and dewy.

2. Indie Lee CoQ Toner: Right now this alcohol-free toner has been just what my skin needs. The combination of aloe vera, chamomile, papaya, and cucumber extracts soothes my skin. I’ve been using it 3-4 times per week.

3. Undone Beauty Remy Roller: I love this thing. Undone Beauty sponsored me last month and I’m still using this facial roller every night before bed (and no, this plug is not sponsored). After I’ve applied all my skincare products I’ll use the roller in upwards motions all over my face and it’s the most relaxing thing ever. Even my husband loves it.

4. Urban Decay Naked Reloaded: Did I really need another eyeshadow palette? Probably not; however, every time UD launches a new palette it’s hard to not jump on the bandwagon and hand them all my money. This palette is a little cheaper than the others ($44) and I was able to use a 20% off coupon at Ulta so that pushed me over the edge to purchase. So far, I am loving this palette. I like that it has a mix of cool and warm tone shades.

5. Glossier Lash Slick: I restocked on my second tube earlier this month! Two coats will give me ultra long lashes but sometimes I’ll add 1-2 more coats for added definition and volume to the outer corners. I’ve grown to really love this mascara—it never clumps.

6. Glossier Play Colorslide: I really wasn’t wearing eyeliner before I splurged on a few colored pencils. Stable relationship is a subtle moss green that I like to smudge on my upper and lower lashes and it really makes my hazel eyes pop!

7. Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter: I can’t believe I’m saying this but this little bottle of dew has kicked my Haloscope to the curb. I love that it’s a liquid highlighter and it’s so much easier to blend than Haloscope. I still use Haloscope during the work weak because it’s subtle for cube life; however Niteshine is my go-to for nights and weekends.

8. L’Oreal Lumi Bronzer: As I was restocking on my Hoola Lite bronzer at Ulta last week, this drugstore bronzer pan caught my attention. I love the L’Oreal Lumi collection and I figured a face + body bronzer would be worth trying for $8. I purchased the shade “light” because you know, I’m so pale. It has a very silky texture and there’s very little fallout.

The Remy Roller was gifted and the Indie Lee toner was a free sample. All other products were purchased. 

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As I mentioned earlier this year, one of my beauty resolutions is to incorporate more natural skincare into my routine. I’m excited about today’s post and to share with you a new brand to the natural skincare space—Fleur & Bee.

A rep for the brand reached out to me and offered to send me full-size samples to try. For the record, I never accept free product in exchange for reviews (I only accept for editorial consideration) so this was up to me if I wanted to share my thoughts on the products. As always, all opinions are my own and of course, this is not sponsored.

First Impressions

The packaging is simple and cute. Pale pink boxes (love!) and on every panel of the box they’ve got great talking points about their mission and cruelty free beauty message.

Fleur & Bee has a “beyond skincare” mission. On each box it states: “We believe in empowering all women to feel comfortable in their own skin. For some, that starts with the basics.” Also, for every order placed, Fleur & Bee will donate 1% of sales to help distribute hygiene products to girls in need.

Clean Checklist:
✓ Paraben free
✓ Sulfate free
✓ 100% vegan
✓ Gluten free
✓ Non-GMO

Eyes Eyes Baby Anti-Aging Eye Cream, $34
This little jar is my favorite of the bunch for a couple of different reasons. First, I needed a new eye cream and I was hoping to use something non-toxic and safe for my under eye. Something that will smooth the way for makeup in the morning and this is it. The texture feels a little more thick than other eye creams I’ve tried in the past but it absorbs quickly.

Nectar of the C, Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum, $34
Ingredients in this formula: vitamin E (antioxidant known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration), vitamin C and ferulic acid (when combined with vitamins C and E it has a compounding effect to reduce the signs of aging).

This serum has a milky look and a light citrus scent. Not gonna lie, I was the most nervous about trying this product because my skin is so sensitive and the last time I tried a vitamin C serum my face turned red and blotchy. I first did a 24-hour test patch to make sure I wouldn’t break out. The following evening I applied it prior to the face cream. Right now I’m really into layering a bunch of skincare products before bed for that wet look and then the perks of waking up to smooth, hydrated skin.

Crème de la Cream Moisturizing Face Cream, $34
The main ingredients in this face cream include Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 (helps skin retain its moisture and has also been known to brighten and smooth skin texture). Similar to the eye cream this formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. It has a natural scent (smells like fresh laundry to me). It does feel thicker than other face creams I own so I don’t know if I’ll use this every night in the summer but perfect for transitioning to the spring season.

Compared to other natural skincare brands, these products are definitely affordable. Everything is priced under $35! If you were trying to incorporate more natural skincare into your routine like me, I would say go for my favorite, the eye cream. If you want to save 10% then sign up for their email newsletter and you will also get free shipping.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for beauty junkies at least!

I’ve been patiently waiting for the dates to be released for the 2019 Sephora Beauty Insider Sale (also known as the Spring Bonus Event), and it’s almost here!!

I kicked off 2019 with a no spend challenge for two months so my beauty spending has significantly decreased. I knew the spring sale would be right around the corner and so I’ve been thinking about all the products I want to buy and restock.

What is the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale?

Sephora has a discount event twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall). Last year it was called the Spring Bonus Event and I assume that will be the same name this year.

The sale is for Sephora Beauty Insider members and depending on your annual spend; it allows you to shop all Sephora products at a discount. If you’re not a current Beauty Insider member it’s free to sign up.

No minimum purchase is required to get the discount, but whatever free shipping minimum you have for online orders applies during the event. The discount is available online using a promo code and it will also apply in-store as well.

Sephora has not released the specific dates of the sale and promo codes however, below are the following tiered discounts depending on your member status:

VIB Rouge & VIB: 15% off everything (will keep you posted but VIB Rouge gets early access and then the VIB sale will start around May 1st)
Beauty Insider Members: 10% off everything

Usually VIB Rouge gets early access to shop during the sale prior to it being released for VIB and Beauty Insider members. I’m not sure if that will be the case this year but I can’t imagine them changing that.

I feel like in previous years VIB Rouge got 20% off. I’ve been a VIB member for a few years so 15% is all I’m used to. Personally, 15% isn’t much and 10% is basically no sales tax. However, I’ll take anything to avoid paying full price!

During the last sale, I stocked up on so many great products (see photo above) and this year I’m hoping to scoop up more skincare than makeup (and more specifically, more clean beauty). A sale like this one is the perfect excuse to try out some new brands and restock on old favorites.

As more info is released, I’ll be sharing specific dates for the sale and my product recommendations exclusively for newsletter subscribers. You can sign up for dedicated emails here. And I promise, I won’t blow up your inbox!

Photo by ian dooley on Unsplash

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